Who Killed Adeleas?

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  1. Unraveller

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    Who Killed Adeleas? (SPOILERS!!)

    By request!

    *Shamelessly plunders various FAQs*

    Well, we all know the scenario, Adeleas was questioning Ispan in a small hut. In the morning they were both dead.

    The Crime Scene:
    Adeleas lay on her side beside an overturned stool, a cup on the rough wooden floor not far from one outstretched hand. Her eyes stared, and a pool of congealed blood spread out from the deep slash across her throat. Ispan lay on a small cot, staring at the ceiling. Lips drawn back in a rictus bared her teeth, and her bulging eyes seemed full of horror. As well they might have, since a wrist-thick wooden stake stood out from between her breasts. The hammer that had plainly been used to drive it in lay beside the cot, on the edge of a dark stain that ran back under the cot.

    -The Path of Daggers, Crimsonthorn

    Also in the room: “A second three-legged stool, a rough table holding a flickering lamp, a green teapot and a second cup, a rude stone fireplace with cold ash on the hearthstone."

    The teapot held tea with Crimsonthorn in it, a huge dose, enough to kill with no chance of survival.

    So, the murders were carried out in the evening (the lamp was guttering, nearly out of oil and the fire was cold ashes) and were done by, or with the help of, someone Adeleas knew and trusted. They probably had a lookout too, this took time. It's most likely that the killer was a channeler, some how they had to maintain the shield on Ispan; unless they knew about forkroot, which wouldn't fit as she was awake and aware as the stake was pounded through her, or *original idea* Adeleas wasn't able to do anything under the influence of the Crimsonthorn, even release the shield.

    "A little kills pain. This much... This much kills, but slowly. Even a few sips would be enough. They might have remained conscious for hours. Not able to move, but aware."

    This would explain why she had her throat cut, they needed her to maintain the shield and when they'd finished with Ispan could dispose of her finally. Not likely but possible, they'd have to know a LOT about herbs and then they'd have to know Crimsonthorn would do the job for them but it could have been them tidying up loose ends before they left, Adeleas could have been found and managed to tell someone their name before she died. The problem with that is they couldn't know whether Ispan was still shielded or not, they'd have to be VERY confident. So probably a channeler.

    The Suspects:

    The Kin: unlikely, if there were DFs in the Kin the FS could have found out exactly where the Ebou Dar cache was easily.

    The Windfinders: wouldn't know about Crimsonthorn, unless it's found on Tremalking but apparently it only grows far from the sea. Plus Adeleas doesn't trust them and wouldn't accept tea from them.

    The Aes Sedai: one of them is definitely Black Ajah:

    [The Black sister Marillin, to Shiaine]: "'I really wouldn't get ten feet [into the Palace]. But there's a woman already in the Palace. She can do what you need. It may take time to make contact, though.'"

    Shiane's POV:"So. One of the sisters in the Palace was Black Ajah, was she? She would have to be Aes Sedai, not just a Darkfriend, to do what Shiaine needed."

    [Temaile speaking]: "'There are only three sisters to trouble us [in the Palace], and we can dispose of them'" [WH: 10, A Plan Succeeds, 245].

    The four with Elayne are: Merillile, Vandene, Sareitha, and Careane.

    Careane: the weakest AS suspect, would need to drug Adeleas, she's the only sister whose strength we know in comparison to the others. She has at least 2 Warders. She makes the mistake at the Kin's farm, showing her face and panicking them. And she's the only one we see serving tea to the sisters 'though that could just be 'cause she's the weakest.

    Vandene: one of the prime suspects. She knows what Ispan said, she didn't find the bodies (why not?), she should have been linked with Adeleas to shield Ispan properly, she wasn't killed too, she is 'unnaturally calm' when she finds out, not even suprised, Adeleas was killed quickly and painlessly and someone warded the Draghkar that nearly killed Moraine.

    Merillile: she was the Gray picked to lead a diplomatic mission to Ebou Dar but totally messed it up (on purpose?), she ran off with Talaan, the Windfinder apprentice. Is she guilty, in love or just trying to get away from the Windfinders?

    Sareitha: she slipped out of the Palace in Caemlyn leaving a note about "an urgent errand in the city" (the day after Marillin Gemalphin was told to make contact with her "woman in the Palace"), she has a Warder (who could have stood guard) and she talks up Doilan Mellar (a known DF) at every opportunity.

    (This is all largely immaterial as RJ answered in the Question of the Week:

    "I haven't given you enough information to solve the murders of Adeleas and Ispan, but they will be solved in Knife of Dreams. How's that for a hint?")
     
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  2. Radagast

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    I'm personally leaning towards Vandene. But all of them are as feasible as the next.
     
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    This is one of the few mysteries I don't have a definite stance on, I suspected Vandene immediately, Merillile when she ran and Sareitha since reviewing the evidence and re-reading.